Brother Ken Wade, my friend and a very down-to-earth missionary in Kenya, shared the following quote and Scripture verse on facebook today:
“Do not look at the difficulty of your condition, but instead, when the storm rages against you, look up to him who can give you patience and can lift your head over it all and cause you to grow.” Isaac Pennington (1617-1680) Hebrews 12:1-2.
I am so thankful for Ken’s sharing. It reminds me what happened on Tuesday afternoon this week: I faced a very difficult situation that could potentially send me back to Kenya within 30 days, but the Lord had prepared me for it. Early in the morning, He had given me a song (‘He touched me…’) and by mid-morning, He brought a verse (1 John 5:14-15) to mind while I was answering a question for one of the guys doing Bible study in jail. Later on, two of the pastors at church provided some excellent advice, and another brother wrote a letter of endorsement. Now, I have submitted hopefully all the documents that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) needed from me. It has seemed like an endless and uphill battle as the government has asked for evidence for this and that, but I am grateful that the Lord is fighting for me (2 Chronicles 32:1-8, esp. verses 7 and 8). I must fix my eyes on Jesus who is the Pioneer and Perfector of my faith. Praise His holy name!